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Lucy and Trip Hazard's BGT hopes rest on 'wild card'

Lucy Heath's dreams of winning Britain's Got Talent have been all but dashed when she and her dog Trip Hazard failed to get voted through to the finals.

Lucy, from Billngborough in South Lincolnshire, was hoping the double act would become another canine winner of the competition but they failed to get through tonight's semi-finals. Their only hope now is that they make it to the final on Saturday on a 'wild card'.

Lucy Heath and Trip Hazard


Yorkshire pupils at a disadvantage due to unfair funding, claims new report

Unfair school funding is putting thousands of children in Yorkshire and the Humber at a disadvantage, according to a new report.

Pupils in the north receive on average £900 less that those in London Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Primary schools in the north of England receive on average £900 less per pupil than those in London. The study recommends money should be redistributed to tackle the north-south educational divide.

Teaching children how ...... to drive a car

A new programme aims to teach children how to drive a car before they are even allowed to apply for a provisional licence.

Special courses are being held for 11 to 17 year olds, offering advice on how to spot a hazard, approach a roundabout and even park.

The people behind it say it can reduce accidents - but the Yorkshire based road safety group BRAKE think it's wrongly encouraging teenagers to drive as soon as they legally can. Here's Matt Price.


Parents protest over changes to SATs tests

Thousands of primary school pupils across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire are expected to be absent today, as parents pull them out to protest against changes to SATs tests.

They say the tests, particularly for Year 2s, have become too hard and are causing the children stress.

Schoolchildren and parents stage a SATs protest outside Todmorden Town Hall

The government says it's made them more rigorous to improve standards.

The Department for Education is reminding parents they should only take their children out of school in exceptional circumstances.

Ofsted response over nursery inspection

Town and Country Kiddies Nursery

Ofsted has released a statement in which it confirms its inspection report of the Town and Country Kiddies Nursery in Lincolnshire has been removed from its website.

The nursery, in Market Rasen, was downgraded from "outstanding" to "good" by Ofsted and told it was not providing enough opportunities for its children to "learn about people who are different to themselves". Parents said it was an example of "politically-correct nonsense".

We are aware of the concerns around our inspection of Town and Country Kiddies Nursery, and have taken the report down from our website while we look into the matter.

All early years providers must follow the statutory guidance as directed by the Department for Education, which includes ‘guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment’.

The guidance goes on to state that children should ‘know about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions’. Inspectors have a duty to follow these guidelines during every inspection and will naturally reference them in their reports.

– Ofsted spokesperson

Ann Maguire's legacy lives on through the arts

Much loved teacher Ann Maguire

It's two years today since Ann Maguire was stabbed to death by a pupil as she taught a Spanish lesson at a school in Leeds.

The much-loved teacher, wife and mother dedicated her working life to bringing the arts to young people and in the wake of her death, a scheme was launched in her name to continue that work.

Today the Ann Maguire Arts Education Fund is benefiting thousands of children. For Ann's daughters Kerry and Emma-Jane, the fund has been the key to making sure their mother's legacy lives on.

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